NIH/National Medical Association Travel Award

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in conjunction with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Medical Association (NMA) provides travel awards to participate in the NIDDK Workshop on Career Development in Academic Medicine. Participants are residents and fellows who are interested in pursuing careers in biomedical research and/or academic medicine. Participants may also attend the NMA’s Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly.

This year’s NIDDK Workshop on Career Development in Academic Medicine will take place on Saturday, July 29, 2017 and Sunday, July 30, 2017.

Award Highlights

  • Paid conference registration
  • Round trip economy class airline tickets
  • Hotel accommodations for 5 days/4 nights


Applicants must:

  • Be a member of a nationally underrepresented group in biomedical or behavioral research
  • Be interested in membership in the National Medical Association
  • Be a resident, fellow, post-doctoral scientist, or early stage investigator
  • Be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or legal permanent resident
  • Not have received travel support under this announcement in previous years

Also, once at the conference, award recipients must attend the entire NIDDK Workshop on Career Development in Academic Medicine. Further, it is strongly encouraged that recipients attend the other NMA conference functions as well.

Application Process

Gather Required Documents

It is recommended that you prepare the following required documents in advance of starting your application:

  • Personal statement - Describe your research interests, career ambitions, and how attending the program will influence your training and development
  • Curriculum vita (CV) - CV Template (PDF, 30 KB)
  • Letter of support -  From the Chairperson or Director of the training program, indicating how the applicant will continue to be supported in his/her pursuit of a career in academic medicine.

Create an account

If you are eligible to apply for a travel award, you will need to create an account via the online application system. The application system will become available November 15, 2017.

Submit the Application

Fill out the form in the online application system and upload your documents. All application materials must be submitted through the system.

Application Deadlines

Applications will be accepted from February 8, 2017 until May 22, 2017.

Selection Process

The NIDDK/NMA Travel Award Review Committee will review the applications and select awardees based on policies and provisions of the NIH governing administrative awards.

Award recipients will be announced no later than June 8, 2017.

NIDDK Staff Contact

Salina Waddy, M.D.